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Michael Jackson trial: Potential jurors to fill out survey

March 22, 2011 | 11:08 am

Michael Jackson. Hundreds of prospective jurors for the trial of Michael Jackson’s physician will fill out a 27-page questionnaire about their knowledge of the case and other issues, the judge said Tuesday.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor has ordered that the questionnaire for Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial be kept confidential, but as many as 350 prospective jurors will get a look at it during the jury selection process that starts Thursday.

Testimony is expected to begin in May, and a prosecutor and a defense lawyer told the judge at a hearing Tuesday that they expect the trial will be completed by the end of June.

Murray stands accused of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s 2009 death from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, which was being used as a sleep aid.

Murray has pleaded not guilty and contends through his attorneys that the pop star gave himself the fatal dose.


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-- Harriet Ryan

Photo: Michael Jackson. Credit: Los Angeles Times